Ontario’s ICU admissions surpass 500, new COVID-19 infections top 3,000

Carrie Guzman
April 6, 2021

"Our Ontario members have told us they lose about $10,000 every time one of their establishments is suddenly ordered to shut down dining services", said James Rilett, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Central Canada. This time last week, that number was 2,207.

The province said 510 patients out of 1,161 hospitalized are now in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness.

There are 510 people in intensive care because of the virus and 310 on a ventilator.

About 83,000 COVID-19 tests were administered since Saturday's report.

Polling, conducted online by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, finds 61 per cent of respondents from Quebec say they're satisfied with that province's daily vaccination numbers while, here in Ontario, only 41 per cent say the same.

Since the pandemic began, the province has logged 367,602 COVID-19 infections, including 333,576 recoveries and 7,458 deaths.

Ontario labs processed more than 37,500 tests in the past 24 hours, and another 29,173 tests are under investigation.

Right now, there are 26,568 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario.

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Locally, there are 955 new cases in Toronto, 561 in Peel, 320 in York Region, 165 in Ottawa and 132 in Niagara. Vera Etches and Dr. Lawrence Loh say that the province wide shutdown does not do enough to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The government has abstained from introducing such an order due to its "tremendous ill effect on both children and adults".

The doctors are urging the province to conduct a review of businesses considered essential and impose travel restrictions between Ontario regions.

There are now 1,852 known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, just one of several record-breaking highs reached during this third wave, which features more risky coronavirus variants. "And, variants of concern are here to stay".

Ontario reported 3,041 new cases on Sunday, 3,009 on Saturday and 3,089 on Friday. But it's not. And vaccines alone won't stop the third wave of Covid-19 that's now rolling over much of Canada.

Since inoculations began in December, 2,621,839 needles have gone into arms across the province.

There were 76,199 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals is nearing a record high.

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